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Kentucky rebounds from ugly start to lead Texas A&M by 12 at half

It certainly didn’t start the way we all had hoped, but Kentucky leads Texas A&M 46-34 at half. 

All of the errors the Cats made in the loss to Alabama carried over in the first five minutes of the game, allowing the Aggies to jump out to a 10-0 lead. While most of the starters struggled, the bench stepped up, with Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery, and Immanuel Quickley coming in to score 13 of Kentucky’s first 17 points.

From there, the Cats found their footing, with Tyler Herro hitting a pair of threes and Ashton Hagans making Texas A&M pay in transition. Jemarl Baker turned in the rare four-point play towards the end of the half and drew kudos from John Calipari in his halftime interview for passing, a concept Cal still believes is lost on some of his teammates. Perimeter defense is still atrocious, with Kentucky allowing Texas A&M, the worst three-point shooting team in the league, to hit 4-8 from the outside.

More good, less bad in the second half, please.

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5 responses to “Kentucky rebounds from ugly start to lead Texas A&M by 12 at half”

  1. Bigblue7982

    Cats we’re sluggish to start the game but Awesome way to end the 1st half baker 3 plus an and 1.

  2. cking

    This team is reverting…

    Our Defense is garbage…

    PJ & Reid night as well be called the “stand-arounds “

    1. UKWildcatNation

      Completely agree. I would have played Richards and Montgomery the entire game just to prove a point. The entire Alabama game the ENTIRE team, with the exception of Hagans, stood straight up with they hands by their sides just ball watching on defense. Get in a defensive stance with your ASS DOWN AND HANDS UP and BE ALERT! BE FIRST TO THE FLOOR! Saw the exact same thing tonight for most of the game. Teams were making everything against us from deep at the beginning of the season, but I thought it was just an anomaly, but it has continued. Our 3 point defense is ATROCIOUS…going under screens, not closing out, and just guarding with our hands down. We have reverted from the energy and effort we showed in the UNC and Louisville games. Better tighten up, and quickly! I can take a loss when we play hard, but losing because a lack of urgency and effort is inexcusable. Had we played Alabama the whole game the way we played the last 3-4 minutes then we win. It’s hard to play hard for 40 minutes, so some players just do what’s easy and play 75%. The lack of effort on rebounding is so frustrating as well. It’s not rocket science, just put your ass on a guy and box! But like I said some guys just aren’t playing hard.

      On a positive note I am happy with the confidence Hagans, Quick, and Baker are playing with. Keldon has been in a funk but will snap out of it…he’s too good of a player to continue somewhat struggling. And Herro’s shots are falling more and more consistently.

  3. spincr4hire

    Refs had money on this one

  4. VirginiaCat

    Spincr4hire: Do you really, really believe that refs had money on the game? What an absurd thing to say.